Childcare | C&K - childcare and kindergarten



C&K has over 115 years' experience in early childhood education and care, and more than 30 childcare centres throughout QLD. Our team of dedicated educators and teachers nurture and support children to learn, play, grow and flourish. C&K childcare centres offer quality education and care programs where we focus on a unique infant and toddler approach, as well as delivering a government-approved kindergarten program for four year olds. Best of all, we provide flexible options where you can choose the hours of care to suit your family. 



What is childcare?

A C&K childcare centre (also called a long day care centre) offers quality education and care for children from six weeks to five years, for up to 12 hours per day.

For babies and toddlers, our philosophy is to slow down and be with your child, as they learn and explore the world. We focus on developing a deep and trusting relationship with each child, partnering with families so that your C&K childcare centre can become an extension of your home.

All our childcare centres deliver a government-approved kindergarten program for four year olds. University qualified teachers guide and support your child to be curious, capable and confident learners.

Flexible booking options

At C&K we appreciate that each family is different with individual needs.

We offer flexible booking options, designed to help you maximise your Child Care Subsidy and access to early childhood education and care while minimising out-of-pocket costs.

We have three options available:

  • A full day
  • 9-hour session
  • 10-hour session

Our 9 and 10 hour sessions work in with your schedule and start once your child is signed in, they do not have set start and finish times.

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Infant and toddler approach

C&K has developed an infant and toddler approach which informs the way we build relationships, care for and engage in learning with our babies and toddlers. 

Our philosophy for this age is to “slow down” and be in the moment with your child as they learn and explore the world. We focus on developing a deep and trusting relationship with each baby or toddler.

C&K educators in our childcare centres across Queensland focus on this approach to provide for and develop a program that meets the needs of each individual child and family. 

Babies are naturally interested in the wonder of the world - and we love to wonder with them.

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Kindergarten programs in childcare

Each of C&K’s childcare centres delivers a government-approved kindergarten program for eligible aged children within the childcare program. Kindergarten, also known as preschool or pre-prep, is a structured, play-based program led by a university qualified teacher for children in the year before they attend prep at school.

The program, which runs for at least 15 hours per week, 40 weeks per calendar year, focuses on helping children to develop a wide range of essential skills and prepares them for their transition to school.

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Childcare fees and government funding

As a not-for-profit organisation, we aim to keep fees affordable for families and have developed a fee system to maximise family access to available subsidies. Childcare fees for C&K childcare centres are different for each centre and are available to view on the centre’s web page.  Fees are updated every year in July.  All C&K childcare centres are approved for the Child Care Subsidy (CCS), which means you may be eligible for CCS. This subsidy is paid directly to childcare services to assist families with their childcare fees. 

In 2024, all eligible-age children accessing a government-approved kindergarten program at a C&K childcare centre is eligible for 15 hours per week for 40 weeks (up to a maximum of 600 hours a year) for FREE in addition to CCS.

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Why choose a C&K childcare centre?

C&K is Queensland’s largest early childhood education and care provider with more than 100 years’ experience providing industry leading programs that assist children to learn, grow and thrive.

Our services provide a nurturing, engaging and stimulating education and care environment where our dedicated teaching professionals understand the importance of the early years in assisting children to develop, and have the knowledge and experience to ensure they reach their full potential.

C&K gives children the best start in their lifelong education journey through:

Our education program:

Our approach embeds the C&K philosophy in everything  we do and complements the national Early Years Learning Framework.

Our educators:

Our qualified educators and teachers are passionate about helping children learn through play so they can reach their full potential.  We value children and invest in quality training and professional development for our educators.

Our environments:

Our centres contain large, natural and sustainable outdoor environments that encourage children to explore, discover and learn through nature. We encourage a variety of stimulating experiences that help children build essential skills. Our educators foster a warm, safe and nurturing atmosphere that allows children and families to feel comfortable and reassured.

Embracing diversity:

C&K embraces and celebrates the diversity that exists within and between our communities and invites and welcomes you to share your culture, background and life experiences with us.

Our commitment to quality:

C&K centres have performed above the rest of the country in National Quality Standards and we have a dedicated team supporting our centres to continually improve on the quality outcomes for all children you attend a C&K centre.

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